A police dog stabbed while protecting an officer has been named as a finalist for Dogs Trust Honours 2009.
Police dog Anya (Wiltshire Police) Anya made a full recovery after being stabbed in the chest
Anya is among 14 dogs and three people who have been shortlisted from over 250 nominations across the UK for the Doggy Pride of Britain Awards.
German shepherd Anya was injured in January 2008 as police tried to calm a man with a knife in Swindon.
Anya was nominated by her handler, Pc Neil Sampson, whose life was saved by the police dog during the knife attack. He said: "Throughout the incident Anya kept hold of the attacker's leg and pulled him away to stop any major injuries.
"In the process she was stabbed in the chest, but made a full recovery."
Somali translator Essa Suleiman, 27, of London was sentenced to nine years for the attack.
The winners of the awards will be announced on 19 May.
We give dogs the time we can spare, the space we can spare, and the love we can spare. In return, dogs give us their all. It's the best deal mankind has ever made. M Facklam
I don't know about the other top finishers stories but Anya has my vote!! I'm glad she made a full recovery.
Many Police Services are now purchasing vests for the dogs in their K9 units to give them a bit more protection to help avoid (or lessen) the chances of such injuries. Hopefully the Wiltshire Police folks are looking into them as well.